I have a Post-It note on the wall next to my computer (along with several other flourescent squares of paper) to remind me to ask all of you what YOUR writing area looks like? If you could share a picture that would be awesome, but just tell us where you write. How organized or dis-organized are you? How do YOU take notes for hubs and other writings?
Thanks everyone, I love your responses!!
Converted one of our spare bedrooms to a computer room. I have a medium size executive mahogany table and a swivel chair. The room is facing North, my view is the desert mountain. I can be obsessive-compulsive sometimes, so you can say that the room is tidy.
I usually just type it on my laptop whilst lying on top of my bed, tis relaxing and I find it more peaceful away from the television etc.
Nice set up Misha.
I have moved my desk to the middle of the living room, it looks out on the city.
I love the dual screen you got going on....what is the purpose and how can I get one??? lol
Thank you for sharing a picture, I love it! It looks a lot like mine. I've seen much worse, and you probably know where everything is (or close to it) don't you?
Dual screen is for obvious reasons - more screen real estate. It just takes two monitors and a video card which can run them together.
And, yeah, I just love my clutter and never get lost there
The apple is a nice touch! You must have moved the bag of cheetos out of frame lol!
For me, I have two teenagers running around, so the house is never quiet. I just sit on the sofa with my laptop. Over the years, I have become quite adept at tuning things out. Unfortunately, "things" sometimes includes my wife (accidentally, of course). When that happens, she definitely knows how to get my attention!
LOL BT, I had to look cheetos up! No, this is not my kind of snack. Dry salami works much better for me, even though my wife keeps thinking it hurts my health
BT..lol..that's funny. Unfortunately my ADD does not allow me to tune outside noises out....I wish I could, trust me:) But you're lucky to be able to do that. I'm not saying I'm unable to write around noise (obviousely with kids it's impossible) but it's difficult to tune out the arguing, the "MOM!'s", and the television. lol But I make them go outside to play or to their rooms to read or to the library. I allow them plenty of time to relax and watch tv but when they start taking advantage, that's my writing time dammit! lol Thanks for sharing:)
Thanks Susan, and I have a glass door and glass wall to the right, facing the driveway and forest behind
I have my computer desk in the corner of my living room right beside my front window. Right out the front window, I can see a mountain and lots of times I see mountain sheep right out my window. I also have a little netbook and I sit in my lazy boy chair with my heating pad on when my back pain gets too unbearable, which, by the way, is where I am sitting right now. When I am sitting in my lazy boy I can see the mountain as well. I can also see our front lawn and have seen a pair of robins looking for dew worms for the past couple of months now.
That sounds so beautiful! I only got to see real mountains for the first time, this January! Can you believe it? I flew (for the first time) to Oregon to meet my [new-found] half-siblings. It was the most amazing trip ever, but I remember clearly, the four big mountains as we prepared to land in Portland...I didn't know what any of them were until the man next to me pointed them out. There was St. Helens, Sisters, and two other ones that towered over the clouds. I'll never forget it. thansk for sharing hon:)
I'm 100% with BC99 on this one.
I write on a laptop.
Favorite place to curl up is on my bed. From there I have a view of the park behind our house. Depending on the season, the trees provide a lush green curtain (as currently), a riot of red leaves growing thinner by the week, or the outline of stark black branches proffering a panoramic view staight through to the other side of the park.
Usually one or more of my feline muses is here with me.
MM, thanks so much for sharing this:) I love parks and I assume you're in a cooler part of the nation. I'm in MN and I too enjoy the changing leaves, or are you just talking about everything blooming in Spring? Either way, it sounds wonderful! I love kitties too, I miss my Pepper Ann. She'd keep my lap warm while I sat in my chair. She's gone now but someday I'll have another when I'm living somewhere that allows me. Nice to hear from you MM:)
I converted my son's old bedroom into a creative space where I do all of my writing. I redecorated it the first weekend in March. I love it!
Very cool, KCC. Do we get to see pictures?
That sounds like so much fun! I love re-doing rooms after awhile, I get bored! I bet that was exciting:) It's good that you could use your son's room and not be too attached to leave it like some parents, in the exact way they left it before going to college. 10 years later the daughter-in-law comes to see the house and his jockstrap is still hanging from the bedpost...yuck! lol...thanks for sharing KCC:)
One of KCC's sons (I don't know if this is the same one, but it's likely) died in a tragic accident.
My spot is in my living room in a corner by the outside entryway. I can see the trees and the grass through the glass, sitting from the desk and hear the birds chirping. My desk in not huge but it has the computer, printer, phone, speakers and a Scarface figure(that talks)on it! And just above the desk on the wall is a poster size portrait (modeling) of yours truly!!!
That sounds so sweet:) Are you a model? I always wanted to get a professional pic done of myself but thought that others would think I was bragadocious...I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with the same thought...is it just a pic of you being sweet, or sexy? Just curious because I have always wanted a sexy pic of myself to put up in my room or something, but I wouldn't want the kids to see.....lol. Thanks for sharing hon:)
I love my little computer desk because, since I spend so much time at it, I made it very much "mine". It's between my living room and dining room, so I wanted a small,dark wood, unobstrusive, desk. I get the window light but don't face windows. I make up for no view by keeping the desk appealing. On it I just have the keyboard, a tiny pot of pink silk flowers, a couple of unobtrusive phones, a notepad and notebook (the paper kind), a pretty pen, and a couple of classical music CD's. On the shelf under the keyboard I have a row of books (history, economics) I've been working on (small, beige, globe, book-end). Up near the monitor I have a tiny bronze Liberty bell pencil sharpener. Oh - and usually a pretty (and big) mug of light coffee. There's also my pale lilac hand weights to keep things from getting too sedentary. The chair is a straight dining-room chair (to make the desk look more "home-y".
In my study at home, mostly. I have a pink desk, a blue desk chair, monitor keyboard and mouse on the desk, and box on the floor, tucked out of the way. Built-in shelves on the right contain my printer and ghetto-blaster. And lots of books (-: From my windows, on the corner of the flat building, I can see two Bloomsbury streets and a garden square.
Sometimes at Chambers - where I share a room with another barrister. We both have enourmous desks, lots of shelves, and a view over the courtyard to the main (Georgian) Chambers building.
I have a 8X8 room which is dual-purpose...sewing and computer projects get done in here, all four walls covered either with shelves full of research & reference or sewing books ... one corner with my computer another for my sewing and supplies and even have a stereo in here which I will blast when I am in here and usually get kicked out by my sons if they need the computer for a few minutes here and there, lol...I get the rising sun in here and can hear birds and my yappy dogs
I write on my laptop, usually when reclined on my bed. Which is in a smallish room that's filled with the usual bedroom furniture. To my front is a large mirror, right, wardrobe. Left is a chest of drawers and a large window above - from which I can see other apartments, lots of trees and my young neighbours ... who I think don't realise that light on = goldfish bowl I'm not organised and I never make hub-notes. I just write. I'm also surrounded with framed photos of my children - and always accompanied by Lemmy, a stuffed toy Lemur
That sounds very comfortable and sweet:) I'm totally disorganized! It's my ADD, it can be ugly...lol...I take notes because I would totally forget some of the topics I want to write about, if I didn't. But even though I have about 6 Post-It's on the wall beside me, they've been there for a few days and I haven't taken initiative as of yet. Thanks for sharing froggy:)
On my laptop, on my bed, cat on or beside mr, facing wall of paperbacks, dryer rumbling, washer swishing, when it works, TV in other room blabling when hubby is home.
Coffee on bedside table, scented candle usually burning, attic fan rumbling.
Cigarette tucked between index and middle fingers of either hand, ashtray beside bed, earphones on head or around neck, sketch pad or scrap paper and pencil close to hand on left side of bed.
Other cat walking across lap and flopping on me/laptop and purring furiously when I pause to scratch her.
As for pictures, forget it! My hands shake too bad and there's too many unfinished sewing projects exploding from boxes on dressers and shelves. Lots of color!
I write all over :-) I have an "office" but I move around the house with my laptop while working and writing - usually end up in the garage (where I am now) so I can indulge in my nicotine habit (I don't smoke in the house). Sometimes the tv is on, sometimes not. I do usually need to be alone to write, though...husband and daughter interrupt, and I lose my train of thought. I also like to grab my journal or a notebook and drive to a park or something now and then...actually, I shouldn't admit it, but back in the days when I traveled for work and/or commuted, I occassionally scribbled while on cruise control - it was usually difficult to decipher my handwriting afterwards, since I *did* keep my eye on the road :-)
I'm so jealous that so many of you have laptops. I NEED one soooo badly! My internet is through my cable company so the computer has to be by a television. The only place in my small townhome to keep it, is right next to the tv! Boy does that suck!
That's crazy that you would write and drive! But I've thought to myself so many times, "I wish I had a notebook to write this stuff down.." It's a Catch 22 I guess...thanks so much for sharing! btw, I totally understand the nicotine thing, another reason why I need to find me a nice, rich man that will buy me a laptop....or I'll just go to college, get a good job, and get my own!!
In the dinning room I have a table where I keep my laptop. I can listen to TV in the background if I like, or get up and do dishes since the kitchen is adjacent. I would have a room devoted to my computer, but I live in an apartment and space is limited.
Yes, I totally get the limited space issue. I just commented to dineane about my computer being right by my tv because it's the only place I can put it. I hate it! If I had another room to go to, I wouldn't be irritated by interruptions so much. I mean, I have to be around for the kids obviously, but it would be nice when baby's napping, to be able to go to a room and shut the door and write. Thanks for sharing Sweetie!
Sometimes I can turn off the tv when my sister is not home, but she likes to hear it in the background. My number one distraction is tv shows. I commend you for being able to type with kids because when I watched my niece and nephew I was always busy, so I wonder how parents do it.
I'm going to stick a post-it note on my monitor to come back to this thread once the hubchallenge is done and post a screenshot of my work area.
Do not feel bad MissJaimie I don't have a laptop either..I would never see it as one of my kids would run off with it or bat their eyelashes sayin, 'I love you mom' n ask for it,
Well, I write in my mother's bedroom (guys, guys, I'm only fifteen, come on) but I find it's not where you are writing, it's... what you're eating while you're writing haha. Without a Lipton White Tea, I just can't do it!
"Sometimes I can turn off the tv when my sister is not home, but she likes to hear it in the background. My number one distraction is tv shows. I commend you for being able to type with kids because when I watched my niece and nephew I was always busy, so I wonder how parents do it."
Three words: Midnight to three.
When my three kids were little I'd often use the above hours to do any number of work-related things (after doing house-related things between their bed-time and midnight). Of course, I lived exhausted for about ten years, but who needs sleep....
I'm in the absolute worst room of the house to be in - the kitchen! I have my laptop set up in the corner on a shaky old stand, and I sit on one of my dining room chairs. Not the most comfortable nor productive setup. The bigger issue for me, however, is that everything in the refrigerator and the pantry is right there. Not good. My waistline is telling me that I need to relocate - the sooner, the better!
I work off my laptop and go where the sun is. Today, I'm out at the park (literally) and I run back to the house to recharge the batteries. During cool spring days, I spend my time in a room in the lower level which has large windows that face the forest. For those terrible cold dreary winter days, well, I work in a bedroom with an nice cup of hot chocolate while great music plays in the background.
On my laptop sipping coffee or tea. Today the winds are 50 mph. I look out at a tree less wonderland, elevation 5000 feet smoky air and snow capped mountains.
My tomato seedlings are indoors safe from the wind and cold.
I have 2 work areas really. My first is our second bedroom which is pretty much the computer room for now. Its a decent spot with a nice desk. I use dual monitors so that I can research on one screen and take notes on the other. It's very convenient.
My second workspace is wherever I set my laptop. I often write hubs at work while I am on lunch <grins>. It's definitely not as peaceful there, but it does get the job done so to speak.
I don't have a good view of the outside at either location, but I would probably just get distracted and daze out anyway.
I usually write in 3 spots. I get an idea while at work and start it there. Then I feel guilty and stop and pick it up at home on my laptop. I've got this old mahogany desk from the 40's that's my haven. I usually get close to done, then head to my bed and finish it up there, shoving the laptop under my bed before I go to sleep so my dog doesn't step on it. :-)
This is an interesting question. I have to give two answers. Where I actually write is not always where I create. Many of my hubs and most of my fiction stories are created in bed just before I go to sleep or just as I'm waking up. I let my mind go to an idea and work on it. I write in an upstairs bedroom turned into a computer room. I have my desk top on one side and my laptop on the other. The laptop is only used when my wife or a visitor needs the desk top. The computer room is the warmest place in the house; my wife finds it stuffy so she uses her laptop downstairs most of the time. This makes me king of the room; until she says otherwise. I spend many hours here writing, and reading.
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